Gas Smart

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#1 Jun 14, 2008
Here are some tips to increase your gas mileage (please post your tips to help us combat the high gas prices):

•Avoid rapid accelerating. In fact, you ought to let up on the accelerator (by driving slower), and when you use the accelerator, use it gently. There is a reason why it is called “stepping on the gas.” The harder you step on the gas, the faster you use up your gas. Relax your driving style. Do not drive aggressively. Accelerate slowly. Driving aggressively can lessen your fuel conservation by 30-40 percent.
•Do not tailgate because it will lead to unnecessary braking and then acceleration
•Do not idle, turn off your car if it will be stopped for 1 minute or longer
•Modern cars no longer need to warm up to run, don’t do it. Get in the car, adjust the mirrors, fasten seatbelt, adjust seat, etc. then start the car and go
•Your cruise control will add to your fuel conservation (of course, it is unreasonable to use it while just driving around town.)
•Fill up your car with gas early in the morning and on cooler days. The colder the gasoline is, the more compact it is… you will therefore end up getting more bang for your buck
•Drift or windmill down hills, let gravity propel the vehicle vice using the engine
•Adjust your speed to avoid using the brakes as often, use of the brakes wastes the energy used to get the car up to speed, plan ahead on curves and let off the gas vice braking at the last minute
•Check tire pressure regularly; at least once per month. A low tire can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent
•Get the air filters checked twice per year, more if you work in dusty conditions. Dirty air filters increase fuel consumption and can cause poor performance
•Use air conditioner sparingly, especially when driving in slow-moving, at freeway speeds use the air conditioner
•Avoid excess idling in non-traffic situations. For example, consider parking your car and going inside instead of using “drive-up” lanes
•Remove excess weight. Unnecessary weight (unneeded items in the trunk for example) makes the engine work harder and consume more fuel
stay home

Charleston, WV

#2 Jun 22, 2008
stay home and dont buy gas for a week
Martin Ray Billy

Fayetteville, WV

#3 Oct 22, 2013
i ride my bike fast so i can not use gas cause ui drink and get duis and no lic anymore i ride fast and drink my beer

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